The Members of the Transport Working Group have knowledge about various aspects of the transport system. The objective of the group is to assemble, collate and disseminate information about ways of improving accessibility for older people and to ensure that the views of older people are included in decisions about travel that affect them.

A Message from the Chair

Prof. Roger Mackett. Centre for Transport Studies

Prof. Roger Mackett. Centre for Transport Studies

The Transport Working Group is interested in a range of issues that affect travel by older people. The Working Group has been involved in the consultation about the Department for Transport’s Accessibility Action Plan, carried out a survey on the use of mobility scooters by older people, and produced a report on the barriers to access for older people. A book entitled Transport, Travel and Later Life has recently been published. It has been edited by Dr Charles Musselwhite, Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University and a member of the AAA Transport Working Group. There is more information at It can be accessed as an e-book at Alliance members who are interested in improving accessibility for older people are welcome to join the Group.

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The Transport Working Group will continue its involvement in the Department for Transport’s Accessibility Action Plan ensuring that it addresses the travel needs of older people. It will consider some of the other issues affecting older people at present including access to hospitals, reductions in bus services particularly in rural areas, possible legislation about the use of mobility scooters and enabling older people to be able to continue driving safely.

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Alliance Mobility Vehicle Survey

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The Age Action Alliance Transport Working Group is assisting the Department of Transport to obtain information it is lacking for its review of Mobility Vehicles. We have put together a short survey which we hope you can distribute through your networks. The Survey is designed to be completed by users (or their relatives) and aims to collect the information required by the Department through a series of tick boxes. The survey is designed to be completed electronically, but can easily be printed and completed manually by anyone without access to a computer. Please see Mobility Survey Introduction for details and complete the survey at Mobility Vehicle Survey.   The Working Group has also agreed to promote a Mobility Vehicle survey looking at a snapshot of current users, which is being conducted by University College London (UCL). Please see UCL Mobility Vehicle Introduction for details and complete their survey at UCL Mobility Vehicle Survey.    

EngAgeNet’s comprehensive new publication: ‘A New Narrative on Ageing’

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Negative portrayals of older people are commonplace: the media is largely preoccupied with the assumed cost of ageing, reinforcing a view that older people are dead weight in society - non-productive beneficiaries of state largesse; at the same time, however, they are perceived as well off, and in the eyes of some social commentators responsible for both the housing crisis and youth unemployment.  Like any group outside the social mainstream, older people are routinely stereotyped and are the subject of many false assumptions and untruths.

Overcoming the barriers to access for older people.

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The Working Group has identified the need to examine evidence on the barriers to access for older people and ways of overcoming them. Professor Roger Mackett of University College London who chairs the Transport Working Group of the Age Action Alliance has produced this report that assembles the evidence including information on the capabilities of older people.

Age Action Alliance Mobility Vehicle Survey Responses

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The Alliance Transport Working Group had hoped that this survey would attract a large response through it's network of older people organisations. Unfortunately response was limited with the result that numbers are too small to be statistically valid. We make the responses available here as they are interesting, and there is currently so little hard information available. We would like to take this oppertunity to thank all those that took the time to complete the survey.   Mobility Survey Responses Table